Every time a student logged in there was a picture and bio of a fellow classmate (different each time) - a 'people gallery'. This helped create a sense of community and break down the sense of online isolation.
This was achieved through using the LEO glossary and block features. Students are instructed to upload a photo and a bio into a glossary on LEO.
Once the glossary was created, a LEO block ('random glossary entry' type) is made and set it to draw from the bio glossary and moved to the top right-hand side of the LEO unit.
These are examples of the kinds of support Sandra drew on in building this unit.
Faculty Educational Designer - support and suggestions over the development of the unit.
Faculty eLearning Technical Support Officer
Mentor - encouragement.
Give students instructions and support with technology use. Don't assume your students will know how to use a technology (such as creating and uploading videos).
Developing online units takes time, so break development into small changes each time.
Just keep going, don't give up.
Don't worry about your thoughts that 'my videos aren't good enough'.
Some students have expressed that they don't like learning online and would like to interact face-to-face. Sandra is exploring this challenge, of how to meet the need of an 'experiential' element to the unit, finding there is no easy answer. She plans to research what others are doing to meet this need, and make incremental change.